People are tired. Everywhere you look you see advertisements for pills, drinks, and vitamins designed to boost your energy levels and revitalize you during the day. And while people are working longer hours now more than ever before, many are reticent to rely on an artificial substance to provide them with the lift they need to get through the day. So for the rest of us who prefer organic methods, here are five ways you too can tap into extra energy –– without guzzling sugar-laden drinks or popping pills:
If you’re going to be productive during the day, you need to rest during the night. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are numerous and powerful. Don’t play on your phone for an hour before you go to bed –– instead, hit the sack and wake up refreshed and prepared for the day ahead.
Engage with a Book or Magazine
Strange as it may seem, reading stimulating content can help perk you up after a long day at the office. Reading can not only help you unwind, but the right book or magazine can leave you feeling fulfilled and energized. So whether you like reading scientific journals and learning about a new type of cell culture dish, or you just want to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip, block out a half hour a day to read something you enjoy. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Take a Walk
Sometimes the best method to dealing with a stressful day at work is to get up and get away from it for a while. Simply stretching your legs and breathing fresh air can have a rejuvenating effect that’s impossible to replicate from an energy drink.
Talk it Out
We work best when we collaborate with others. Don’t be afraid to speak with a coworker or a friend if you’re having trouble powering through a tough assignment, or if you’re feeling drained. A good conversation can have an ameliorative impact and provide just the tonic you need.
Eliminate Junk Food
People often feel logy because they indulge in unhealthy snacks and refreshments. Constantly munching on chips, crisps, or puffs filled with cheese, salt, and other preservatives is terrible for your body. As is drinking soda, coffee, or tea an inordinate amount. Indeed, the crash you experience from the initial caffeine rush can contribute to a great deal of tiredness and fatigue. It may sound like an uphill mountain to climb, but if you can cut these insalubrious munchies out of your diet, you’ll likely feel a whole lot better as a result.